Recently, CBC Marketplace put the Dr. Ox Detox diet to the test and challenged students from my Alma Mater to the 3-day cleanse. Through the testing they concluded that detox diets make absolutely no difference to overall health. As much as I was happy to hear that juice cleanses aren't effective in maintaining health, I think there are some merits to the ideas, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed foods and striving to be healthier. One thing you can do is to pick whole food choices full of vitamins and health benefits.
I had the opportunity to try a new brand of coconut water; an interesting and stylish take on the "superfoods movement." Jax Coco made its debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and is enjoyed by celebrities like Elton John and Stella McCartney. It is 100 per cent coconut water sourced from the Philippines and is the world's first pure coconut water packaged in premium glass bottles. Vogue Magazine describes it as the "chicest coconut water on the market."
I first tried coconut water in Southeast Asia, as it has been a refreshing tropical drink in many places before its popularity in North America. Apparently "sky juice" is a popular Bahaman drink made from coconut water and gin. In terms of taste, it is quite refreshing and has a hint of coconut, however, don't expect a soda or a strong tasting drink. I do love the idea of using it in smoothies, cooking and baking as another splash of taste.
The Ultimate Hangover Cure (recipe from jax coco)1 250 ml bottle of jax coco
1 large banana
1 large kiwi
Directions:Chop and blend; add ice to chill
This smoothie was refreshing and hydrating. I need a "hangover cure" and something to boost my system at this time of year. I don't know if the health benefits to coconut water have been entirely proven, but if it makes people drink more liquids and eat more fruit then it has to be alright. I could also see it being used as a mixer for alcoholic, fruity cocktails and it would be a fashionable addition to any bar cart.
Along with smoothies, eating green vegetables also helps to detoxify the system. Your mother was right when she told you to eat your brussels sprouts. They are high in fibre, antioxidants and vitamin K similar to asparagus, kale and broccoli. This recipe takes full advantage of the sweetness of pomegranates and coconut. I used a splash of coconut water as well as olive oil when I roasted the sprouts. Alternatively, you could steam the brussels sprouts first and then dress them before serving.
Brussels Sprouts roasted in Coconut Oil with Pomegranate (recipe from jax coco)1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts, rinse, trimmed and halved
3 tablespoons jax extra virgin centrifuged coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
Directions:1. Heat the oven at 400 degrees
2. Cover a baking dish with foil, toss Brussels sprouts with coconut oil, salt and pepper
3. Roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees
4. Sprinkle pomegranate arils on top of the Brussels sprouts
I like how the coconut water adds a little something to the dish. It would also be neat cooked in rice or soups. I'm not sure I would buy jax coco as something to sip on a hot day, but I can appreciate the extra touch of flavour, vitamins and flare without the extra calories.
Disclosure: I received samples of jax coco for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.